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TRAVEL DESTINATION

CHEMAINUS
the Little Town That Did

Story | Marianne Scott

T

he approach to the Chemainus
Municipal Dock from Stuart
Channel is straightforward and is
protected from all but strong northerly
winds. The only obstacle may be some
large log booms often anchored in the
harbour. The Dock is immediately south
of the B.C. ferry terminal; the ferry
runs to Thetis- and Penelakut Islands.
Harbourmaster Harmen Bootsma, who
has been the cheerful, welcoming presence here for a couple of decades, is
ready to catch your lines. For transient
boaters, the Dock offers about 400 feet
of moorage, along with showers and
washrooms. Because of the town's popularity, boats may be asked to raft. Some
buoys are available in the Bay; you can
dinghy to the beach or tie up and pay at
the Dock.
Chemainus is eminently walkable. The Municipal Dock is centrally
located, with the Salish Sea Market just
a block away. From there the stores,
cafes, restaurants and murals are in close

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proximity. All the restaurants and cafés
are local; a bylaw prevents fast food
chains from opening their doors. If you
need to rejuvenate your boat legs, the
Cowichan Valley Trail is accessible in
town (from Garner Street); it's a multiuse trail-part of the Trans Canada Trail
and thus you can amble along for 67
kilometres!
We have always admired the spirit
of Chemainus, a seaside village with
about 3,000 residents that calls itself
"The Little Town That Did." The town
has a long history with Coast Salish
people living, hunting and fishing here
for millennia. They named their tribe
after a legendary chief, Tsa-meeun-is, a
name that morphed into the moniker of
the present community.
White settlers arrived in the region
as early as 1859 and built a sawmill
using a waterwheel that helped cut
the huge logs into building materials.
Logging and lumber-supplemented
with fishing-provided employment and

prosperity for about 120 years. In 1981,
the town received provincial funding to
give a facelift to its downtown area, but
shortly thereafter, the sawmill closed
and the town lost its most important job
provider. Some specialty lumber enterprises do operate in the Chemainus area,
but do not employ the large groups of
the past.
Rather than slowly eroding or
shutting down the town as many coastal
communities were forced to do, residents and merchants banded together,
and with drive and gumption, created
the Festival of Murals Association. One
by one, the flat surfaces of the town's
one and two-story buildings became
canvases depicting local history in paint,
and today 55 murals and 9 sculptures
recreate the town's past and present.
Forty-four of the murals focus on the
town's history, Emily Carr has inspired
five installations and the other six recognize community. The mural project has
created a vibrant "art tourism," and has

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting October 2020

AT THE HELM: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
POWER REVIEW: BENETEAU ANTARES 11
POWER REVIEW: FOUR NEW JEANNEAU MODELS
SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
THE PORT HOLE: OCTOBER 2020
TRAVEL DESTINATION: CHEMAINUS - THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD
FEATURE: WINTERIZING
CROSSING THE LINE: ON THE ROCKS
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Intro
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - Cover2
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - AT THE HELM: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 4
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 5
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - BOOK REVIEW: BOLD SEA STORIES
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - 7
Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SPECIAL FEATURE: BAHAMAS – THERE AND BACK AGAIN
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - POWER REVIEW: BENETEAU ANTARES 11
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - POWER REVIEW: FOUR NEW JEANNEAU MODELS
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - SAIL REVIEW: HANSE 418
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - THE PORT HOLE: OCTOBER 2020
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - TRAVEL DESTINATION: CHEMAINUS - THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD
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Canadian Yachting October 2020 - FEATURE: WINTERIZING
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